You have the right to be excited now as some new spy photos have confirmed the 2018 Bentley Continental GT coming to the market. It is also confirmed that this is going to be the long awaited third-generation of the model which promises to do more for the brand than the previous generation did. Previous Continental models did not change so much compared to each other, so if you were not an expert or an enthusiasts it would really be hard for a person to really notice the differences between the first two generation models. But the third one is already a promising one.
The Bentley Continental GT made its way to the market for the first time in 2003. It attracted the attention of a lot of people since it was introduced and was immediately liked. But since then the car has not really changed so much. The recent car has received an update but it still looks as similar to the 2011 version, which is the second-generation model of the Continental GT. The second generation models unfortunately failed to produce well as they were developed during the financial crisis which probably impaired them when the car was designed. It was hard to make a very expensive car back then and even add a coupe or a convertible option as well.
But now when things are looking up, we feel it is going to be the same for the 2018 Bentley Continental GT. It means that model will gain some more improvements and that they are hoping to differentiate it from the model that people are already used to seeing. If we are to judge based on the spy photos, we are looking at the car which will adopt some newer elements and it is a model which promises to make things a lot more different.
One of the things that we were also able to find out is that the car will employ parts from the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept model which was revealed just recently at the Geneva Motor Show. The prototype that is being tested right now has a lot of elements which show us that they are going to borrow it from this model and adopt it as a part of the next-gen Continental GT.
Now when we have confirmed the news about the 2018 Bentley Continental GT coming we have comprised a review which will be based mostly on the renderings of the car but will also include all the rumors that have been released so far. Check the review and also see our assumption about the release date.
When is the Release Date of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT?
We have been waiting for a 2018 Bentley Continental GT for a long time now, and it appears that we will have to wait for it a little while longer. If you want good things to happen you have to have patience with them. The Continental GT has just been given an update for the 2016 model year so they are not in a hurry to release the new generation model. Let’s say that they have at least a year for the current car to be sold and bought by the costmaries. So by the end of 2017 we might expect the emergence of a release date. It will probably be given for the very end of the year or for the first quarter of 2018. We have to wait and see about this one.
What is the Potential Price of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT?
Of course it is easy to estimate that the newest 2018 Bentley Continental GT will probably be its most expensive one yet. With the current one being sold for a whopping $193,500, we expect it to sell for probably about $200,000. This is of course the price for a standard GT V8 S model. But Bentley has confirmed that other incarnations of the vehicle are going to be offered with this one as well. So we are expecting that the GT Speed, the Flying Spur and the Convertible versions become available with the given one as well. But eh prices of the higher versions will also be much larger. Nevertheless, this is a Bentley and the people are fully aware about the price and how much it would cost to get one. But we see this as a normal kind of a pricing for the newest vehicle.
Potential Exterior Redesign
The new-generation 2018 Bentley Continental GT is a class car and you can immediately tell that it belongs to a luxury segment. The design is an essential part of the new car since the model went for so long without changing its appearance. Now if they want to keep things competitive in terms of the rivaling cars they simply must make changes. But we are happy to say that the new cues are there. It is a bit hard to see from the released spy photos what they have actually done but the elements are there and there are some parts which have been covered with a little bit too much camo which in a way reveal the position they decided to focus on.
With their release of the EXP 10 Speed 6 model in Geneva, they have blatantly admitted that this design is going to be the future of the company as it is the direction they plan to take their newest luxury brand. Well it appears that they were telling the truth all the time and have directly told us what they have had in plan for the Continental GT before staring its design. Basing the new 2018 Continental GT on the given concept is a good thing and the look will stick as the car seems to be in good shape using the given cues.
If we would compare the potential rendering of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT and the concept car, we can see that it is a bit toned down and that some elements remain as conceptual cues. The headlamps and wheels are similar but are significantly toned down from the concept. The tailgate and the rear fascia will also feature different kinds of elements and are going to be reshaped. All in all, we like what we potentially have in stored for the newest model and will probably be good for the brand to have it.
Newest Interior Details
When we thing about the interior of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT, we immediately think about class and luxury. The model needs to have both in order to succeed and it is interesting to say that the concept vehicle is also the one that we look for inspiration when it comes to redesign this newest version of the Continental GT. The EXP 10 Speed 6 concept has a much more luxurious and much more intricate interior than the current one. There are some elements which they share though, like the dual-brow instrument panel design and the quilted leather seats with the same material seen on the door panels. These parts might be transferred and they might also come with more quality materials as well.
One of the best parts of the concept was the added center display screen, which is probably the most advanced piece of technology that the car has added. We also saw that the model implements a full digital display cluster and there are also two tier elements seen for the dash. This creates an appealing view and creates more details for the car. And a car like this one certainly does not have to lack those. The final part is the three-spoke steering wheel which has been redesigned and is offered additionally. We are under the impression that all elements should be transferred here but it still remains a question whether they deiced to do that. All in all, we are looking forward to get one of the more davened looking interiors in the luxury segment.
2018 Bentley Continental GT and its Possible Powertrain
There have been several reports regarding the possible powertrain of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT. What we do know is that the car will ride on the new Porsche-based MSB platform which is specifically being developed for the Porsche Panamera car. This has prompted many believes that the vehicle will be powered by a V-6 engine. But as it would appear the car will continue to use the current one. This means that the 2018 Continental GT will come with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 model. There are also some implications of a 6.0-liter, W-12 engine, but no confirmation has come yet. If the Continental shares the platform with the Panamera model it might also open up the possibility of the car coming with a hybrid powertrain. Fuel saving might be a good choice for the future Conti GT and it will certainly make the fans more interested in the vehicle and the potential that it will have. Although we do expect that the hybrid powertrain might only become limited for the Flying Spur car.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
If the powertrain for the 2018 Bentley Continental GT remains the same, we can expect to get the same specs and numbers for it. The acceleration of the car will be kept to 4.2 seconds to reach 0-60 mph while the top speed will still be limited to 195 mph. This is a kind of acceleration that is to be expected for a model like this one and we are probably not going to get more than that. But if they do decide to make a different and more powerful engine these specs might be shattered. For now no word on expanding the car’s acceleration numbers.
Is the Fuel Economy of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT Going to Improve?
We still have no word about any improvement made for the fuel economy of the 2018 Bentley Continental GT. The current engine has a stable and more or less usual kind of consumption rate that you would expect in the segment. But gearing up for an improvement now is impossible to say. If the models continues on using the given powertrain the EPA rats will stay the same. But the potential of using a hybrid drivetrain does sound good. It will be great to see what they decide to do here and whether they go with the changes that this drivetrain could give. The current model has an EPA raring of 15 mpg in the city while it consumes 24 mpg on the highway.
Size and Dimensions
Although the 2018 Bentley Continental GT is supposed to get a different look, there is no word on whether they are going to include any size and dimension changes. With the potential new platform and all the different parts that they are announcing, there is a possibility that the car will also redesign some parts and also go for a different size. But in our opinion this is something which is not as necessary as one would think. With the cornet model the featured dimensions amount to a length of 189.2 inches, wheelbase 108.1 inches and the height is 55.3 inches while the width is 76.5 inches.
What are the Safety Features
As far as the new safety stats for the 2018 Bentley Continental GT go, we cannot confirm nor deny that they are getting better. The changes are imminent, that is for sure, but it has not been stated what they might do here and how they might go on with the reshaping of the car. The current specs will be transferred and we will see the car with the same standard features, but when it comes to some newly offered gadgets, we can probably expect for the car to gain much more improvement and gain a lot of changes.
The Cars that the 2018 Bentley Continental GT will Compete Against
The new 2018 Bentley Continental GT is going to come out and the competition is already geared up to welcome it. The new model will still hold its own fan base and there are some people who are legitimately happy to see the new vehicle offered. But as things stand, models like Mercedes-AMG SL65 and Aston Martin DB11 are legitimate contenders in the field of luxury and powerful cars. We will see how the sales numbers are going to flow.
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